May 17, 2013
P AULA HIAN IS a Manayunk-based fashion designer who splits time between Philly and France, where she makes her own line of knitwear for women. The sole owner of Paula Hian Designs rolls out her 2013 holiday collection for buyers next week in New York City. Hian, who grew up in Penn Valley and lives in Wayne, won an international competition in Paris for fashion students, and the winning dress is on permanent display in the Louvre. Q: What inspired you to become a fashion designer?
April 19, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES- "Simon Killer" is an amoral tale, and a cautionary one, that reminded me my mama was right when she said, "Never talk to strangers" and "Looks can be deceiving. " What is so disturbing about this contemporary noir is that Simon could easily be mistaken for just another American college boy wandering around Paris on break, one of those troubled, slightly broken intellectual types that women are forever trying to save. The truth takes shape over time, like a shadowy figure slowly emerging from the darkness.
February 24, 2013 |
The search for a new chief of the Louvre, the world's most visited museum, may include non-French candidates for the first time in the institution's more than 200-year history. French President Francois Hollande, faced with a shrinking budget, is casting his net wide and including foreigners among people he will consider to run the museum that's home to the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo , and The Winged Victory of Samothrace, a French government official said. With public spending being reduced this year by $13.4 billion, the French government is putting expertise in international fund-raising high on the list of must- have skills for the person taking charge of the Louvre.
August 27, 2012 |
For a brief period this summer, Andrea Lawton worked on the housekeeping staff of their home, according to a Bryn Mawr couple. Now, say Lower Merion police, she is suspected of cleaning them out of a rare bust of Benjamin Franklin said to be worth more than $3 million. Lawton, 46, of Philadelphia, learned her employers' routine during her month working at their residence on the 600 block of Black Rock Road, according to homeowner George A. D'Angelo. Police responded to a call by the household staff, which reported the burglary about 12:30 p.m. Friday, while he and his wife, Brenda, were not home, D'Angelo said.
September 7, 2011 |
This story may well raise a quizzical smile. A little over 100 years ago - on Aug. 21, 1911 - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. The story has its hilarious aspects. No one noticed Mona was missing until the next day. But the theft may have helped bring to museums the era of modern security, "walking the fine line," as former FBI agent Robert K. Wittman puts it, "between making great art available to the public and protecting that art from the public.
August 7, 2011 |
In a long-ago satiric routine called "Christ and Moses," comedian Lenny Bruce imagined Jesus and Moses returning to Earth and walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue during a Mass. The flustered celebrant, Cardinal Francis Spellman, calls the pope for advice on how to handle the situation. Are you sure it's them? the pope asks. Yes, Spellman replies, it's Moses, and he's brought a very attractive Jewish boy with him. What Bruce, born Leonard Alfred Schneider, probably didn't know was that it was Rembrandt van Rijn who, three centuries earlier, invented the "attractive Jewish boy" as a model for depictions of Jesus.
July 10, 2011
For those who aspire to travel the world to see the best collections of antiquities, artwork, or even airplanes, Cheapflights.com offers its "Top 10 Museum Cities Worldwide. " 1. Washington, D.C. - There are upwards of 30 museums. 2. Cairo -- Don't miss the Mummy Room at the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. 3. Barcelona - It's almost unfair how much amazing art is housed here. 4. New York City - The finest mile of museums in the world. 5. Vatican City - Extensive collections of the Catholic Church and Italian artists.
July 6, 2011 |
ROME - Celebrated American artist Cy Twombly, whose large-scale paintings featuring scribbles, graffiti and references to ancient empires fetched millions at auction, died yesterday. He was 83. Twombly, who had cancer, died in Rome, said Eric Mezil, director of the Lambert Collection in Avignon, France, where the artist opened a show in June. Twombly had lived in Italy since 1957. "A great American painter who deeply loved old Europe has just left us," French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said in a statement.
April 23, 2011 |
It's 1911 and someone has stolen the Mona Lisa from the Louvre - and that's no fiction. Vincenzo Peruggia, once a workman at the museum, took Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece from its case, hid it under his clothing, and left undetected. According to Art Lover , Jules Tasca's new play running through the weekend as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the Italian immigrant - bedazzled by the painting and obsessed with the woman it depicts - kept Mona Lisa for two years in the shabby Paris apartment he shared with a former prostitute he'd fallen for. Peruggia said she reminded him of the woman in the painting.
April 15, 2011
WHEN op-ed writer Louis Lombardi suggests the absurdity of moving the Louvre from Paris, he inadvertently makes the perfect case for moving the Barnes to the Parkway. Suppose the Louvre was cloistered in an exclusive suburb unreachable for most of the world? Suppose you could only attend by advance reservation? Suppose it was open only a few days a week? Other than the elites with time and money on their hands, no one would go and no one would be enlightened. As for the Barnes legacy, times change.